An athletic driving feel and turbo power are two of the main points that separate the Kia Sportage from most of the other crossovers in this class.
The Hyundai Tucson is a mechanical cousin of the Kia, but with softer "fluidic sculpture" styling and without the turbo-four option.
The Nissan Rogue is due to be all-new this year, with an improved feature set, although its continuously variable transmission doesn't make it feel all that lively.
The Chevy Equinox is noticeably bigger than the Sportage, but the four-cylinder model gets the same top EPA highway rating, and its second-row seat slides for flexible interior space.
The Honda CR-V makes the most of its interior space and reputation for durability, while styling's just improved enough to ignore, and fuel economy's now a bit above average.
There's also the Ford Escape, which has very sporty handling and styling, and features that will awe some and confuse others.
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